R.K Swisher, author of hundreds of poems and many short stories in literary magazines.
I started writing in Vietnam in 1965.From 1967 until the early 70’s I then started writing novels. To date 16 of my novels have been published by traditional publishers and I have indeed 8. I have had two novels optioned and received good reviews from all the major book reviewers.
What inspires your writing?
Small happenings in time that I feel compelled to expound on.
How would you define creativity?
A complete reversal of what the majority of people feel is important.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing
Keeping disciplined to finish the project. No ritual unless you consider a whiskey on the rocks after a day of writing a ritual.
What do you believe make for great writing?
What one person thinks is great another person thinks is garbage. Asking what makes a great writer is like asking what makes a book popular? I really have no idea.
Which writers have influenced your writing?
I read everything – chick lit, mysteries, horror, young adult, you name it. I can’t say one author. I read to see how other writers string their words, how they punctuate, and how long their sentences are. Two authors I really enjoyed were Bradbury and Michener – sorry to say both are dead.
How do you measure success as a writer?
The fact you write makes you a writer. It is not a game for the weak.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
No. Some of it is garbage, but I don’t hate it.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
Running out of ideas but it hasn’t happened in 45 years. Now it is the fact I don’t want to die in the middle of a book.
What traits do you feel make a great writer?
Hard work and luck
Describe your latest book to our readers
The Vent is the first ever reader participation book. During the story, the reader circles YES or NO to questions and is given a blank to write their opinion. The questions cover various topics that frustrate people and make us anxious. The book is funny, satirical, and pertinent and has received many good reviews. A bookstore campaign is going on now.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
A good feeling
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Read a lot, write a lot, and don’t quit your day job.
Can you give our audience a writing prompt to help get them writing?
Just do it.
What’s next for you?
I have a sequel to Vent, and an off the wall writing a book that debunks the majority of things most writing instructors teach is being edited – it is based on a class I taught years ago, and a lot of promotion.
The First ever fill in the blank reader participation book
by R.K Swisher
Controversial, groundbreaking and highly acclaimed VENT is the first ever reader participation book. During the story about two totally diverse people accidentally meeting and subsequently forming a heartwarming relationship, the reader is asked to circle either YES or NO to questions that run the gauntlet from the pertinent to the ridiculous, and at times scandalous topics we obsess and frustrate ourselves over. Following the questions are several blank lines to write your personal opinion on the topic without the fear of being interrupted by someone who wants to force their beliefs on you. VENT is funny, sarcastic, political, and also brings to light many topics the mainstream media ignores that everyone should be aware of.